Jul 22

Yes, yes I agree now... you are better with the mohawk... and I am better with a mullet!Click for full image

Christian Comments: This is truly the fantasy of every elementary school boy. Knight in shining armour with laser gun and sword while riding a dinosaur with a mohawk and ankle spikes. Epic.
Published 2002

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 9.03 out of 10)

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28 Responses to “March to the Sea”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    “OK… just got our balance… now try walking forward…”

    Oh, and John Ringo were fine, but Paul George were better. If you had to pick favourites.

  2. FearofMusic Says:

    Hope is crotch is armored. Seated at the particular angle, and considering the likely motion of his steed, his groin is going to take a beating.

  3. Bibliomancer Says:

    The mohawk is fabulous. But the raccoon eye-shadow is to die for!

    Is this a one-legged dinosaur with a tail firmly anchored in a rock?

    Do we have dueling authors here? Is this titled David Weber March to the Sea by John Ringo?

  4. L.B. Says:

    @THX; George Ringo all the way! Meanwhile, what a heroic pose on that dino!

  5. Rags Says:

    Baen Director: “Ankle bracelets on a dinosaur? You wouldn’t dare!”
    Baen Cover Artist: “Oh I would, oh I would!!” (Giggles like a school girl)
    Baen Director: “Matching eye shadow on Bret Michaels and the Veloca-T-Rex?? You would not dare!!”
    Baen Cover Artist: “Oh I would and I did!!” (Giggles manically)
    Baen Director: (wipes happy tears from eye) “Another glorious day at BAEN BOOKS!”
    (Both men stand up and kiss their Baen shirt logos while humming the Baen theme song)

  6. Jaouad Says:

    Say what you will, but Julian Assange does look fetching astride a faux-rex with a laser-gun and a katana and armour and a cape and is that the butt of a rifle I see sticking out behind his back? Leave nothing to chance!

  7. Phil Says:

    Eye shadow? I saw it as a Lone Ranger-style eye mask. Either way, Good Show Sir!

  8. fred Says:

    The bit is fit for a dinosaur but the reins look like they would break off with a small tug.
    Stallion? Gelding? Mare? Pony? Donkey?

  9. Tom Noir Says:

    John Ringo knows how to give the people what they want.

    What do the people want? David Bowie on a velociraptor, that’s what.

  10. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    IMPOSTOR! That’s no dinosaur, dinosaurs didn’t have enlarged 3rd maxillary teeth. OR forward facing nostrils. OR cheeks. And meat-eating dinosaurs had their first toes rotated, like a bird’s. And they held their backs parallel to the ground, like a bird’s. And they couldn’t rotate their palms downward, their hands were restricted to one plane of motion. And the ends of their tails were stiff.


  11. Tat Wood Says:

    The extraordinary John Ringo – not the chap from the Gunfight at the OK Corrall but this guy

    Thank you, Baen Books, thank you so hard.

  12. RachelJ Says:

    @Dead Stuff. Never mind, the beast is no doubt meant to be a dragon.

  13. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    I’m sorry, this is not a schoolboy’s fantasy. It’s missing the scantily-clad woman with a clumsily-drawn bust, and “[name of probably crappy band] RULEZ!” in giant letters.

  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Rags 5—not to mention the red bra. No wonder he’s sucking in his tummy; he’s trying to impress her. It’s another boy-meets-girl-dragon/T-Rex-hybrid sci-fi thriller/love story, a Baen speciality!

  15. HappyBookwyrm Says:

    The logical extension of Dino-riders…

    I really like this cover. (Go 80’s!) My only question (well, not ONLY, but my most major question) is: why is someone “marching to the sea” on a dinosaur? I’m pretty sure even pseudo-T-rexes can’t really march. And what’s to do at the sea? Unless there is something about General Sherman and the Civil War I don’t know about…

  16. Scott B Says:

    @B. Chiclitz — to me what the dino’s wearing looks less like a red bra and more like a Roman tunic-vest, except teeny-tiny like those outfits you can buy for your pet. I think this is all some big owner-and-pet cosplay session.

  17. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Scott B—yes, that is a better read I agree. Perhaps on their way to the Cosmic Comicon in L.A. (hence the march toward the sea). Might win a prize!

  18. Amused Says:

    Actually, the illustration is accurate to the story, if anyone commenting here READS…

  19. Rachel J Says:

    …because of course nobody who READS could possibly have failed to read this particular book…

  20. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Amused 18—well, we read your post, didn’t we? And it was indeed amusing, so you’ve picked a good nom de plume and all. But you’ve sort of missed the point, amusingly.

  21. Rachel J Says:

    @B. Chiclitz. Well, at least Amused has settled the question of whether the book really is about people who wear mediaeval-style costumes, wield laser-rifles and katanas and ride around on dinosaurs. So many of these covers LIE to us!

  22. RKC Says:

    I think the real problem here is that the ridiculous cover illustration is accurate to the story. Neither the cover, nor the story are helped by the other.

  23. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Only a few tickets left to the
    Join our effort to toss David Weber into the sea
    Call now!

  24. Tom Noir Says:

    Curiously, this same image can be found on the back flap where the author’s cover photo is supposed to appear.

  25. anon Says:

    At least there aren’t any back flaps depicted on the cover.

  26. JuanPaul Says:

    A man with a mullet, weilding a rifle and a sword rides a dinosaur sporting a Mohawk, a bikini, and ankle bracelets? Good show, Sir!

  27. Pete Richmond Says:

    Weirdly, I totally want to read this.

  28. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Fascinatingly, I just wrote a letter to an old friend saying I was feeling nostalgic tonight, and then I reread these old posts again and lo, my sides did split. What a great thread. Rachel J I hope you are still around. Dead Stuff, we mourn your absence. GSS!

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